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We all know who John Bolton is, we all know how his tenure at the White House started and ended, and we know Bolton’s role, or lack thereof, in the Trump impeachment proceedings.

So I don’t have to tell you what this book is about, but I can rather focus on telling you my experience reading the book, about what I learned, and, most importantly, what conclusions I drew.

John Bolton has been around the United States government, and particularly foreign policy, for decades. I knew little about him, and I would simply have categorized him a “hawk” in line with the generally liberal sentiment in my usual circles. When I first heard that Trump was going to install him as National Security Advisor, I was deeply worried that his hawkishness would get us into new conflicts and would even further endanger our already very dangerous world.

I bought the book the day it first came out on June 23, 2020, and started reading it right away. But it is a long book, with detailed, journal-like narration describing events as they took place with sometimes down to the minute accuracy. It really does put the reader into the room where it happened. The book is very long, and takes a long time to read, so I had to interrupt reading it when Mary Trump’s book came out, so I could read that one right way, and then again I had to lay it aside to make room and time for Michael Cohen’s book. But I kept going back and I forced myself to slog through it, and I finished tonight.

Trump fought vehemently to have the publication of The Room Where it Happened blocked. I expected some type of tell-all book, but that’s not at all what it is. It basically talks about the United States foreign policy from the point of view of a man who deeply understands it and has lived it all his life. Since Trump has no understanding of world affairs and any matters that don’t involve him personally, clearly this book will “make Trump look bad,” not because Bolton says Trump is a fool or anything like it, but because Bolton allows us to sit in the room with him, and Trump, and Mulvaney, and Mattis, and Pompeo, and we can watch Trump make a fool of himself by showing clearly and overtly that he does not know what he is talking about, that he has no interest in governing and certainly not foreign affairs, and that he is as smart as the last person he talked to wants him to be. That was particularly dangerous and ludicrously embarrassing for our country when he “negotiated” with Putin, Kim Jong-un, Erdogan, Xi, and pretty much every other adversary of our national interests.

Bolton does not make Trump look bad. Bolton just shows us how inept Trump is for all of us plain to see. Unlike Trump, where his supporters always are quoted saying “he tells it like it is,” Bolton actually does tell it like it is.

Bolton is definitely a proponent of America carrying a big stick and operating from strength. Trump just thinks of himself being the smartest man in the room, and he tells us that all the time, and he thinks he is the big stick. Yet, Bolton shows us clearly that Trump was and is our most serious security risk, consistent with what we have learned from Mattis, McMaster, Coats and the entire national security establishment. I can see why Trump didn’t want this book published.

I know that a lot of Trump supporters have blasted Bolton as a traitor for writing this. Well, let me tell you this: If 3% of all Trump supporters actually read The Room Where it Happened, I’d be very surprised. To read this, you have to be very patient, persistent, interested in foreign polity, and tenacious. This is NOT AN EASY book to read, and I predict most people who buy the book won’t finish it. So let them blab about Bolton being a traitor, or let the liberals blab about him being a hawk. Neither side knows what it is talking about. They have to read the book first before I would take them seriously.

And here is my probably shocking conclusion: On a scale from 1 to 10, my respect for Bolton, for what I knew about him before reading the book, may have been around 2. It’s now at 9 or so. I actually believe he would be an excellent pick for Biden to choose for Secretary of State. It would ensure that our foreign relations would be rebuilt, corrected, and put on a secure footing. Our adversaries would be on notice and our security would be enhanced. By choosing Bolton for this critical slot, Biden would ensure consistency from the past, a strong presence in the world, and he could focus on the many domestic issues that need attention, without having to lose sleep about what’s going on in the world. I know this opinion of mine will shake up some of my readers, but I stand by it.

Now, of course, there is no chance Biden will do such a thing, and history will continue.

I gained a lot of respect for Bolton by reading his book, and his mustache doesn’t bother me one bit.

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If you want to learn more about what Trump thinks about polls and voting, read Chapter 10 – How to Fix a Poll – by Michael Cohen.

I previously wrote about it in this post.

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Unfollowing Trump’s Twitter Feed

I have just unfollowed Trump on Twitter. His tweets are no longer relevant to me.

Note, ironically, I follow “God” on Twitter. Highly recommended.

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I don’t get it.

What has Trump actually done? Promises made, promises kept? Really?

He was going to build a wall that Mexico would pay for. He hasn’t done that.

He was going to introduce a “beautiful” comprehensive health care plan within the first few weeks of his presidency. Nothing happened.

He was going to kill the Affordable Care Act. He didn’t.

He was going to implement a great and exciting infrastructure initiative. We saw nothing.

Yes, he delivered a massive tax cut which eventually added trillions of dollars to the national debt and will need to be paid for by our grandchildren. Great accomplishment! Giving away other people’s money to rich people. I didn’t see any tax cut benefits myself.

He did undo a lot of things that previous administrations built, more than I can list here. But undoing is not the same as building. Anybody can wield a wrecking ball. Not everybody can create and build.

He completely mismanaged our country’s response to the pandemic.

I don’t understand how 72 million people were happy enough with this performance to vote for him.

I really don’t understand that.

 

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Emails are coming in from around the world – here is one from Germany:

Endlich werded ihr wohl Euren geisteskranken, Lügner und lächerlichen (in der ganzen Welt) unfähigen Präsidenten los sein. Amerika war unter seiner Präsidentschaft nicht mehr das, so wie ich es kennen gelernt habe, und genau so sieht es der Rest auf der Welt. Es ist nur schade das seine Großeltern Deutsche waren.

Finally you will be rid of your mentally ill, liar and ridiculous (in the whole world) incompetent president. Under his presidency, America was no longer what I got to know, and the rest of the world sees it exactly like that. It’s a pity that his grandparents were Germans.

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Trump Portrait

I saw this post on social media, clipped it here.

Since this is just an image, here is the text version for easier reading and for the search engines.

Stop for a minute and look at this photo.
This is NOT a political post by any means.
This is simply something that everyone should stop and think about.
Can you imagine the weight he must be feeling right now?
When he signed up for this role (without pay) he did it for us Americans.
He didn’t do it for the fame or glory, he had all that.
The magnitude of what we’re currently experiencing has to be paralyzing.
For some, NOTHING he does is ever right or good enough.
Do you ever wonder how he must be dealing with it all?
When his head finally hits the pillow at night after press conferences and meetings.
Does he break down and cry from all the pressure?
Is he scared and confused?
Is he even able to sleep?
Can he shut his mind off at all?
Or does he lay there and talk to God all night praying for strength and answers?
Whether he’s making you proud or not, look at this photo and ask God to soften your heart just a little bit and lift this man up in prayer.
He needs them right now more than ever.
He is carrying the weight of OUR country on his shoulders.
Be kind and pray for President Trump and for the entire world. 🙏🏼❤️

Unfortunately, I don’t buy any of this. If I were asked to write the equivalent, this is what it would be:

Stop for a minute and look at this photo.
What we have here is a colossal failure of a person.
Can you imagine the fear he must be feeling right now?
When he signed up for this role, he knew it would be the ultimate infomercial.
He would have carte blanche to usurp enormous government resources from our own and foreign government to line his own pockets.
He knew he would forego his salary to make him look good to the stupid masses of voters he cares nothing about.
He didn’t realize it could come with responsibility.
Much of the disaster we are currently experiencing was directly or indirectly created by his ineptitude and lack of judgement.
Do you ever wonder how he must be dealing with it all?
He pretty much does nothing unless he makes money or attracts adulation that he so craves.
He throws tantrums when things don’t go his way.
He ridicules his own staff and followers.
He lays there at night drawing up battle plans for the next day, since it’s him against the world.
No matter what he says, to me he does not look like a person who believes in God.
We are carrying the mess he has created, the six trillion in debt, the 226,000 COVID dead, on our shoulders for decades to come.
Just so he can bask in self-adulation.
We must vote him out of office, and see his ilk run for the shadows like roaching under the florescent lights.

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Trump likes to say that we don’t really have a problem. It just looks like a problem, because we see more cases than any other country because we test more  than any other country.

To elaborate on that, I guess we could say that “testing causes cases.”

Well, testing does not cause cases. The cases need to be there before testing can find them. That would mean that other countries that do less testing find less cases, but the cases may or may not be there.

However, I can conclusively say that testing does not cause deaths.

We have the highest death count.

People die of COVID whether they have been tested or not.

None of Trump’s statements even make sense anymore.

Who are we kidding?

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During the last debate, Trump said he didn’t think the federal government should be involved in the minimum wage. The chart below shows that it hasn’t. No change since 2009. But the rich have almost tripled their net worth.

Do you really think Trump is looking out for the average Americans? Who are these people at Trump rallies? I wonder what their wages are.

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The President of the United States is the target of allegations of assault and rape by 19 different women. He was a close friend of disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein.

Here are some leads about sexual abuse of children by prominent Republicans. Only the best in Trump’s circle. I honestly do not understand how, after all this open corruption and so much criminal activity by Trump’s inner circle, there are still millions of Americans who support him.

I do not understand.

(R) Ralph Shortey (Trump’s Oklahoma Campaign Chairman & OK State Senator)

Indicted on four counts of human trafficking and child pornography. Pled guilty to a federal charge of child sex trafficking after hiring a 17-year-old boy for sex. Sentenced to 15 years in prison, in addition to ten years of supervised release and ordered to pay $125,000 in restitution:

https://www.foxnews.com/us/ex-oklahoma-state-senator-gets-15-year-prison-sentence-for-child-sex-trafficking

https://www.nbcnews.com/feature/nbc-out/trump-s-oklahoma-campaign-chair-plead-guilt-child-sex-trafficking-n822461

https://apnews.com/article/c645e8d17a2f46a8aade113e0c93328a

https://www.justice.gov/usao-wdok/pr/former-oklahoma-state-senator-sentenced-fifteen-years-child-sex-trafficking


(R) Dennis Hastert (Former Speaker of the United States House of Representatives & Illinois Congressman)

One of the highest-ranking U.S. politicians to go to prison — Hastert molested at least four boys as young as 14 years of age when he coached wrestling at an Illinois High School. Sentenced to 15 months in prison, two years’ supervised release, and a $250,000 fine. A civil case is due back in court for a status hearing on Jan. 8, 2021 at the courthouse to further address the jury trial, should it still occur amid the pandemic.

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/dennis-hastert-sentenced-to-15-months-in-prison

https://apnews.com/article/f0aca550dabc4e4c9c642e91f832d6ed

https://www.reuters.com/news/picture/ex-house-speaker-hastert-gets-15-months-idUSKCN0XO178

https://www.pbs.org/newshour/nation/ex-u-s-house-speaker-dennis-hastert-starts-prison-term


(R) Joseph Dendy (Cobb County GA Republican Party Chairman & Sunday School Teacher)

Sentenced to life in prison after being convicted on four counts of child molestation, four counts of first-degree cruelty to children, three counts of enticing a child for indecent purposes, and one count each of aggravated sexual battery and aggravated child molestation

https://www.13wmaz.com/article/mb/news/former-cobb-gop-leader-gets-life-in-prison-for-child-sex-abuse/450073411

https://www.fox5atlanta.com/news/former-gop-chairman-arrested-on-child-molestation-charges

https://www.ajc.com/news/crime–law/cobb-gop-chairman-dendy-indicted-molestation-charges/Ajxs2SiORqMCCdVZpGqj1M/


(R) Tim Nolan (Co-chairman for Trump’s Kentucky Campaign & Former Campbell County Judge)

Served as a judge, school board member and city solicitor, forced 19 victims to perform sex acts, including seven who were minors under 16. Sentenced to 20 years in prison:

https://www.foxnews.com/us/ex-kentucky-judge-enters-plea-deal-in-human-trafficking-case

https://www.cincinnati.com/story/news/2018/03/26/tim-nolan-judge-tim-nolan-conservative-activist-tim-nolan-human-trafficker/400004002/

https://www.wcpo.com/news/crime/ex-campbell-county-judge-sentenced-to-20-years-for-sex-crimes


(R) George Nader (Trump Foreign Policy Adviser)

Sentenced to 10 years in prison for possession of child pornography and transporting a minor into the United States for sex:

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/mueller-witness-george-nader-sentenced-child-porn-sex-trafficking-charges

https://www.courthousenews.com/child-sex-trafficker-from-trump-tower-meeting-gets-10-year-sentence/

https://www.nationalreview.com/news/mueller-probe-witness-pleads-guilty-to-child-sex-charges/


(R) Jim Knoblach (MN State Representative)

Knoblach’s daughter, Laura, alleges that the prominent legislator inappropriately touched her for most of her life, behavior she confided to close friends, family and authority figures at her school and church for more than a decade:

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/minnesota-state-lawmaker-ends-reelection-bid-amid-daughters-allegations-of-inappropriate-touching

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/elections/2018/09/22/minnesota-rep-jim-knoblach-ends-campaign-amid-allegations-daughter/1397071002/


(R) Brandon Hixon (Idaho State Representative)

Resigned while under criminal investigation for molesting two girls, including a young female relative for more than 10 years, then killed himself three months later, shortly before his ex-wife and two others were to testify before a grand jury:

https://www.foxnews.com/us/former-lawmaker-facing-sex-abuse-probe-was-coward-for-killing-himself-ex-wife-says

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/brandon-hixon-former-idaho-lawmaker-facing-sex-abuse-inquiry-kills-himself/


(R) Paul Petersen (Maricopa, AZ County Assessor)

Pleaded guilty to human smuggling in adoption scheme.

https://www.fox10phoenix.com/news/paul-petersen-pleads-guilty-to-human-smuggling-in-adoption-scheme

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2019/10/09/paul-petersen-arizona-official-indicted-adoption-fraud-scheme/3926733002/


(R) Mike Folmer (PA State Senator)

Pleaded guilty to three counts of possessing child pornography and one count of criminal use of a communications facility.

https://www.inquirer.com/politics/pennsylvania/mike-folmer-pennsylvania-state-senate-child-pornography-sentencing-20200721.html

https://www.npr.org/2019/09/18/761894162/pennsylvania-state-senator-arrested-on-charges-of-possessing-child-porn

https://6abc.com/mike-folmer-republican-state-senator-child-porn/6328875/


(R) Tony Yocham (Hamilton, TX Chief of Police)

Arrested September 12, 2020 by Texas Rangers on charges of continuous sexual abuse of a child.

https://www.kwtx.com/2020/09/13/hamilton-police-chief-arrested-by-texas-rangers/

https://www.kxxv.com/news/local-news/hamilton-county-chief-of-police-arrested-for-continuous-abuse-of-a-child


 

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Here are the mugshots of 10 of the 13 would-be Michigan kidnappers.

People who are planning on kidnapping an American Governor and possibly executing her are called terrorists. Since we usually associate terrorism with foreigners, we have narrowed the term down to “domestic terrorists.”

Here are pictures of domestic terrorists. They are all white. I don’t know these 10 men, but I do know our media calls them “white supremacists.” I am actually curious about what goes on in the head of somebody who plans to kidnap and possibly execute a governor. I would like to have a conversation, maybe over a beer in the backyard. What would be their persuasive argument?

But this post is not about the would-be kidnappers. It’s about how our president responded to their story.

If these 10 people where Muslims, with dark beards and Arab head dress, our president would have responded with a further escalation of the ban of all Muslims in this country, and every Muslim American would have had to pay for it with abuse, discrimination, assault in public and pure fear for their safety.

If these 10 people were Hispanic, our president would have told us the Mexicans are murderers, rapists, criminals and needed to be deported, and – by the way – we need to build that wall. All Hispanics would have been further injured and damaged.

If these 10 people were Black, all black people would have been denigrated and the entire black-lives-matter movement would have been attacked as anarchist. The president would have blamed the black community for their crimes.

But these men are all white.

So the president attacked their victim, the Governor of Michigan. Apparently she had it coming.

 

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Hillary Clinton, Donny Jr., Eric and me. The First Lady is a wonderful woman who has handled pressure incredibly well.

— Donald Trump

 

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When Disloyal came out I knew I had to read it. Who is this most powerful of Trump’s enablers? Who is this guy that I read about long before Trump’s announcement of his candidacy, the ruthless wolverine who came after Trump’s victims and threatened to ruin them if they even tried to assert their rights?

When the White House found out that Cohen was writing this book, they tried everything they could to stop him from publishing it. It was going to be a sensational tell-all book.

Well, it is.

Cohen was there from the beginning. He knows Trump intimately, and he was his most loyal and effective confidante and protector. To understand Trump, we need to read Disloyal, because it tells what it was like to work for Trump.

Here is an excerpt:

We all flew to Green Bay, Wisconsin for the event titled Trump: The New Owner of WWE Raw. All of us invited were eager to experience what we knew was going to be a wild, fun night. In the dressing room under the stadium, we could hear the mounting noise of the crowd coming in, and it was obvious that the place was going to be sold out, not to mention the huge pay-per-view audience. This was when Don Jr. spoke out of turn, at least in the eyes of his taskmaster father. “Hey, Dad, are you nervous?” he asked. “What did you say?” Trump asked, his face reddening. “I’m going in front of millions of people. What kind of stupid fucking question is that? Get out of here.”

We all stood in awkward silence, staring at our shoes, feeling sorry for the son and his perfectly innocent question.

“God damn it,” Trump said with a heavy sigh, as if his son wasn’t present. “The kid has the worst fucking judgment of anyone I have ever met. What a stupid thing to say—to put that thought in my head.” Don Jr. said nothing, also inspecting his shoes, and no doubt desperate to flee. The hurt was evident in his face and demeanor, even though this was hardly the first time I’d heard Trump insult his son and remark on his supposed lack of intelligence. I often wondered why the son stayed around in the face of the abuse of his father, though I knew the answer, because Don Jr. had told me the story.

— Cohen, Michael. Disloyal: A Memoir: The True Story of the Former Personal Attorney to President Donald J. Trump (pp. 83-84). Skyhorse. Kindle Edition.

Obviously, the White House said that Cohen is a liar – and he is, by his own admission – but when you read his story, it’s obvious that he is not making this stuff up. He just tells it like it was, like a journal entry, and he doesn’t really “blast” Trump either. He just describes, almost soberly, some of his more atrocious deeds. The personality of Trump comes out, similar to how it came out in Mary Trump’s book Too Much and Never Enough.

Most of all I was struck with the realization that Trump USED Cohen, over and over again, until — suddenly — when Cohen fell due to his covering for Trump, he was no longer useful to him. Trump immediately disowned and abandoned him. Cohen is now in prison (at this time serving his sentence under house-arrest) and Trump is — still — in the White House. Trump uses people, everyone, his wife, his children, his best friends, his relatives, his employees, his vendors and contractors, and now the entire population of the United States, to serve him. Cohen’s book shows how he does that.

Michael Cohen’s book is not a “great book” or an exceptional memoir. It is a sober book, well told, revealing, and it shows us what Trump really is: a fraud.

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I am reading Michael Cohen’s book right now, and one of the most revealing and interesting chapters to me what Chapter Ten – How to Fix a Poll. It’s not a widely known incident or story, but it tells more about Trump than many of the other stories and scandals that we have heard about.

In 2014, Trump was starting to get serious about running for office, and he wanted his image to be one of a highly respected and famous business man and real estate developer. Around that time, CNBC was celebrating its 25th anniversary as a network, and to do so it was conducting an online poll to determine the twenty-five most influential business people alive. The poll stated that “he or she should have altered business, commerce, management or human behavior – in other words, the person should be responsible for ushering meaningful change, with business being the primary sphere of influence.” Trump was one of the two hundred business people listed as contenders.

Inside the Trump organization, his secretary emailed everyone she could to click on the hyperlink to elevate the boss’ profile.

That is ludicrous to begin with. If I did that in my company, my employees would laugh at me.

But it seems to have been normal at the Trump Organization. They figured that if everyone “inside” were to vote on their computer, their phone, their tablets, the tablets of their kids, etc., it would be enough to get him into the top 10. When CNBC first started publishing results, Trump was near the very bottom, like 187 out of 200. Trump was reportedly pissed. He printed out the results grid, marked it up with a Sharpie and called Cohen: “What can we do about this poll? I am at the bottom of the fucking list. Check into this immediately and let me know.”

Cohen called an IT friend for help. His company knew what to do. They bought several batches of IP addresses to hide the fake polls, and inserted the votes to drive up Trump’s numbers. Their goal was to get him to number 9. Trump wanted number 1, but they thought nobody would believe it and it would create too much scrutiny. The IP addresses cost $7,500 for batches of 100,000, and they needed several. Trump approved the purchase.

They pulled it off, and Trump made number 9 on the list. He was all excited, had hundreds of copies of the list printed, sent it to all his friends and contacts to gloat, and distributed it to his visitors in his office.

Then CNBC completely removed him, no answers given. While Cohen never did find out what happened, CNBC had the right to do so. Being an IT guy myself, it’s obvious that CNBC figured out the fraud and without making much fanfare about it, which they could have, they simply removed him completely.

Trump was furious. He ended up not even paying the consulting firm that had pulled it off. He stiffed them for their services and for the purchases of the IP addresses. After all “they didn’t deliver the objective” so why should he pay them?

He was so incensed, he wanted Cohen to call the president of CNBC and tell him they’d sue him if they didn’t restore his rightful slot.

Think about that for a minute. Here is a business man that is so obsessed with his image that he is willing to openly cheat in a poll. Then he “wins” and is delighted. That’s like a boy scout stealing a trophy and showing it off as his own. Then, when the fraud is discovered, and the trophy is taken away, he is indignant, actually personally offended. The world has it out for him. He obviously believed himself that he “deserved” that award and it was taken away from him. Not only did he cheat, but he himself believed that he earned it.

If any school boy between age six and twelve did this, we would reprimand him.

But Donald Trump did this in 2014. That is the kind of man we elected for President of the United States.

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Bad Liars…

…are those the lie about stuff that is easily proven wrong within seconds.

Does Trump not realize that people keep records of his tweets and archives of his words in video?

He must know that, right?

And if he does, he thinks we’re all ignorant, stupid and lazy and wont’ bother checking.

Either way, he is insulting me.

In Trump’s denial, he said on Twitter and to the media that he had not made these remarks — although, he added, he thinks McCain was less successful than he has been in taking care of veterans.

“I disagreed with him with respect to the vets and the taking care of the VA. I wanted to do it a much different way, and I think it’s proven to be a much more successful way when you look at the success we’ve had with the VA and with our vets — with Choice and with Accountability, all the things I’ve got,” he said after disembarking Air Force One after a trip to Pennsylvania.

Again, Choice — which allowed certain veterans to be covered by the government for receiving care from doctors outside the VA health system — is not something Trump “got.” What Trump actually signed was the VA MISSION Act of 2018, which modified and expanded the private-care program created by the Choice bill.
The full name of the VA MISSION Act honors McCain: it is the John S. McCain III, Daniel K. Akaka, and Samuel R. Johnson VA Maintaining Internal Systems and Strengthening Integrated Outside Networks Act of 2018.

Trump made at least one other false claim in his denial: he said he had “never” called McCain a loser. In fact, he did so at a 2015 event in Iowa, on camera — saying of McCain’s defeat in the 2008 presidential election, “I never liked him as much after that, because I don’t like losers.”
Later the same day, he tweeted out an article that was headlined, “Donald Trump: John McCain Is ‘A Loser.'”

CNN Politics, by Daniel Dale, Sept 4, 2020

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